Chiefs GM Carl Peterson issued a statement on franchise player Jared Allen Thursday, confirming that the team has had trade talks with "a few teams."
Peterson called the discussions "preliminary." Other than that, the statement doesn't say much. But Allen is clearly on the block. The 26-year-old pass rusher led the NFL in sacks (15.5) last season and broke up 10 passes. Source: kcchiefs.com
Also, on NFL live it was reported that Minnesota is the front runner, as they have the right amount of picks to make it work (a 1st and a possible 3rd, though the Vikings are a bit hesitant about offering a 3rd along with the 1st rounder).
QB - C. Newton WR - L. Fitzgerald WR - S. Smith (Car) RB - M. Turner RB - C. Johnson TE - A. Gates W/R/T - B. Wells K - S. Janikowski DEF - NYJ
BN - M. Ryan BN - J. Battle BN - P. Thomas BN - J. Ringer BN - V. Cruz BN - B. Pettigrew BN - SF D
If it would take a 3rd to get it done... I'd be okay with that only because we have two this year. If the Chiefs want just our 17th pick so they don't have to pay him the contract he's demanding, I'm all for it. I'd rather give a young stud tons of cash than an unproven pass rusher lots.
This would be interesting for the Chiefs regardless of who they ultimately trade with. They would have a legitimate shot at Gholston falling to them at 5 who could step in and replace Allen. Then they could target either a CB or a WR if they get a pick somewhere between Minnesota and TB seeing as there looks to be a possible run on each position in that area of round 1.
I'd like the move for KC as long as they hold out for the best value possible. The only possible problem I see is if the first four picks are some combination of the Longs, Dorsey, and Gholston. Then KC might be stuck in an odd position with MRyan and McFadden on the board. At that point I guess they would either try to trade down or slightly reach for someone like Harvey or McKelvin.
I have no way to prove this as I just heard it on the radio (KFAN) but someone claiming to be Brad Childress a few minutes ago called into the Power Trip Morning Show here in Minnesota claiming to be Brad Childress. I caught this while the interview was in progress and only after the radio show got off the phone with the caller did I find out that some in the radio booth thought it was someone playing a prank on the main host. Honest to God, it sounded like Brad Childress to a T. They then said within minutes that someone from the Vikings organization high up called in and confirmed that Childress has been listening to the morning show and asked for the phone number to it after hearing a segment about Jared Allen. The "coach" said Allen was in town right now and even was in town last night and dined with Steve Hutchenson. Anyways, this bodes well for the Vikings if this call is legit.
Believe it or not, this did happen. Maybe they are still taking about it on KFAN and maybe not. But check out their website as they said that shortly the interview would be available via pod cast via their site.
Allen in town today April 18th, 2008 – 10:23 AM by Judd Zulgad
Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen is in the Twin Cities today meeting with Vikings officials and it sounds as if the team will try to keep him here until an agreement is reached both with Allen on a contract and with the Chiefs on compensation. That doesn’t mean it’s a slam dunk Allen ends up in Purple but it seems as if the folks at Winter Park certainly have their hopes up. (It’s a safe bet the people across the street who are in charge of marketing the Vikings also have high hopes.)
Allen has been given the franchise tag by the Chiefs but clearly wants out of Kansas City. While the Vikings would acquire Allen in a trade, they are allowed to talk to him about a contract because he’s not an “exclusive franchise player.” The Vikings are hoping that by getting to Allen first they can convince him that Minnesota is the best place for him.
It’s no different than what happened with free-agent defensive end Justin Smith in San Francisco. Smith was set to visit the Vikings after meeting with the 49ers, but the Niners were able to keep him in town and Smith never set foot in Minnesota.
The difference in this case is Allen is going to cost big money and the Chiefs also are going to get something in return. Ideally, the Vikings probably would like to send Kansas City their first (17th overall) pick and one of their two third-round selections. The Chiefs, though, could very well try to get a first- and second-round pick
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